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20 Most Anticipated Audiobooks of Winter 2020

Grab your pen and paper, your TBR list is about to get a serious dose of amazingness.

From brand new series from award-winning authors to highly-anticipated debuts from first-time writers, there certainly isn’t a shortage of audiobooks to get excited about this year. We’ve rounded up the 20 most anticipated audiobooks coming out in spring 2020 so you can make sure there will never be a dull moment for your ears.

For even more audiobooks you won’t want to miss, check out our Most Anticipated Upcoming Books book list.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, narrated by Yareli ArizmendiJeanine Cummins (Macmillan Audio; January 21)

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy — two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

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The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao, narrated by Nancy Wu (Simon & Schuster Audio; January 21)

Gwendolyn and Estella have always been as close as sisters can be. Growing up in a wealthy, eminent, and sometimes deceitful family, they’ve relied on each other for support and confidence. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor of Estella’s poisoning of their whole clan. As Gwendolyn struggles to regain consciousness, she desperately retraces her memories, trying to uncover the moment that led to this shocking and brutal act.

Traveling from the luxurious world of the rich and powerful in Indonesia to the most spectacular shows at Paris Fashion Week, from the sunny coasts of California to the melting pot of Melbourne’s university scene, The Majesties is a haunting and deeply evocative novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire — and also bring it crashing down.

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Agency by William Gibson, narrated by Lorelei King (Penguin Audio; January 21)

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.
Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.

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Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon, narrated by Ramón De Ocampo (Simon & Schuster Audio; January 28)

Alisak, Prany, and Noi — three orphans united by devastating loss — must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky.

Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Paul Yoon crafts a gorgeous story that is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace.

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The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri, narrated by Ben Okri (HighBridge Company; February 4)

In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner.

When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization that to find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question. Karnak’s search leads him into a terrifying world of deception, oppression, and fear at the heart of which lies the prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth.

In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms.

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Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah, narrated by Laura Kirman (HarperAudio; February 4)

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her.

Why would Beth do that and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today — or ever again. But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car.

Except . . . There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown? How is it possible that they haven’t grown up?

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Weather by Jenny Offill, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Random House Audio; February 11)

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls.

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Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, narrated by a full cast (Macmillan Audio; February 18)

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men-employees at the resort-are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released.

Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth — not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister?

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson, narrated by Erik LarsonJohn Lee (Random House Audio; February 25)

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.”

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Apeirogon by Colum McCann, narrated by Colum McCann (Random House Audio; February 25)

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, narrator TBD (Random House Audio; March 3)

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

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Separation Anxiety: A Novel by Laura Zigman, narrated by Courtney Patterson (HarperAudio; March 3)

Life hasn’t gone according to Judy’s plan. Her career as a children’s book author offered a glimpse of success before taking an embarrassing nose dive. Her son Teddy, now a teenager, treats her with some combination of mortification and indifference. Her best friend is dying. And her husband, Gary, has become a pot-addled professional “snackologist” who she can’t afford to divorce. On top of it all, she has a painfully ironic job writing articles for a self-help website — a poor fit for someone seemingly incapable of helping herself.

Wickedly funny and surprisingly tender, Separation Anxiety offers a frank portrait of middle-aged limbo, examining the ebb and flow of life’s most important relationships.

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The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, narrated by Louise Erdrich (HarperAudio; March 3)

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

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You Are Not Alone by Greer HendricksSarah Pekkanen, narrated by Barrie KreinikDylan Moore (Macmillan Audio; March 3)

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.

She may have to.

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The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Ben Miles (Macmillan Audio; March 10)

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage.

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, narrated by Grace Gummer (HarperAudio; March 10)

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager — and who professed to worship only her — may be far different from what she has always believed?

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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, narrator TBD (Simon & Schuster; March 10)

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night — December 15 — but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston, narrated by Aunjanue Ellis (HarperAudio; March 17)

In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston — the sole black student at the college — was living in New York, ‘desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.’ During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s ‘lost’ Harlem stories.

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The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, narrator TBD (Hachette Audio; March 24)

Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays by Samantha Irby, narrated by Samantha Irby (Random House Audio; March 31)

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with ‘tv executives slash amateur astrologers’ while being a ‘cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,’ ‘with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,’ who still hides past due bills under her pillow.

The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

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12 Inspiring Audiobooks for New Year, New You

As we ring in a new year and a new decade, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our goals for the future. Whether you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, make budgeting a priority, or any number of lifestyle changes, audiobooks can help you become a better version of yourself!

Read on for all the inspiration you’ll need to make 2020 your best year yet!

Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life by Oonagh Duncan, narrated by Oonagh Duncan

Welcome to a refreshing and gloriously unapologetic conversation about health, fitness, and habits. Award-winning trainer Oonagh Duncan cuts through the wellness clutter to drop some truth bombs: it might not be six-pack abs you’re looking for — it might be happiness, confidence, and acceptance. But if losing your belly is what you want, don’t let anyone-including yourself-stop you from going after it. And she’ll show you how to make it happen.

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Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery by Christie Aschwanden, narrated by Allyson Ryan

In Good to Go, acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes listeners on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the strange world of ‘recovery.’ She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance, she examines the latest trends among athletes — from NFL star Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles’s pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps’s ‘cupping’ ritual — and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, floatation tanks, and infrared saunas.

At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Good to Go seeks answers to the fundamental question: do any of them actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

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7-Day Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 7 Days and Turn Your Body into a Fat-Burning Machine by Jj Smith, narrated by Janina EdwardsJj Smith

In the tradition of certified weight loss expert and nutritionist JJ Smith’s 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, Think Yourself Thin, and Green Smoothies for Life, comes the 7-Day Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse. This revolutionary cleanse includes meals and drinks that help support the body’s natural detoxification process and promote a healthy environment for good bacteria in the body. All of the new and delicious 25 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will effectively help rid of your body of toxins and unwanted fat in just 7 days, jumpstarting your journey to permanent weight loss.

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Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career by Scott Young, narrated by Scott Young

Future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide that goes beyond the insights of popular works such as Extreme Productivity, Deep Work, Peak, and Make It Stick.

Whether the goal is to be fluent in a language (or ten languages), earn the equivalent of a college degree in a fraction of the time, or master multiple skills to build a product or business from the ground up, the principles in Ultralearning will guide you to success.

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The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You: Command an Audience and Sell Your Way to Success by Lydia Fenet, narrated by Lydia Fenet

Who is the most powerful woman in the room? She’s the one who can raise a million dollars in a minute. She’s the one who can command the attention of a crowd of any size from one person to a crowd of five thousand. She’s the one who can sell anything to anyone. And she can be you.

As a senior executive at Christie’s, leader in her field, and one of Gotham magazine’s Most Influential Women in New York, Lydia Fenet knows firsthand that the one skill that can set women apart in both their personal life and career is the ability to sell. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You equips you with everything you need to know — from how to sell authentically and how to network (or die), to the importance of never apologizing (start negotiating instead), how to perfect your poker face, and always, always, tell the truth. Most of all, she offers plenty of encouragement to take ownership in your position and look for opportunities to innovate.

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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott, narrated by Kim Scott

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.

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Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance by Emily Fletcher, narrated by Sean PrattEmily Woo ZellerEmily Fletcher

A leading expert in meditation for high performance, Emily Fletcher has taught meditation at numerous global corporations, including Google, Barclays Bank, and Viacom, to help their employees improve their focus and increase their productivity levels. With Stress Less, Accomplish More, anyone can get the benefits of her 15-minute twice-daily plan. Emily specifically developed the Z Technique for working people with busy lives. Now, you can learn to recharge anywhere, anytime-at home or at your desk. All you need is a few minutes and a chair (no apps, incense, or finger cymbals required).

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Emotional Detox for Anxiety: 7 Steps to Release Anxiety and Energize Joy by Sherianna Boyle, narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Most of us view a detox as a physical experience, but what we don’t realize is that it’s not just our physical bodies that need to be cleansed in order to return to a healthy state. When we’re unable to process our stress and worries, they can become toxic to ourselves and those around us. Wellness expert and author of Emotional DetoxSherianna Boyle, modifies the revolutionary C.L.E.A.N.S.E method to guide you through the 7 steps to a successful anxiety detox. The 7 steps include: Clear, Look Inward, Emit, Activate Joy, Nourish, Surrender, and Ease.

Emotional Detox for Anxiety is a reset for the soul, flushing out negative feelings, clearing a path for new habits and behaviors, and energizing you to accept peace, acceptance, and pure joy.

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In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness by Richard Wolf, narrated by Tom Parks

Richard Wolf first tried Zen meditation in his teens, but no matter in what posture or for how long he sat, transcendence proved stubbornly out of reach. It was only years later that he found the bridge that could take him there: music.

In Tune charts twelve “bridges” — skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over to mindfulness and meditation, among them:
Concentration, Posture, Harmony, Silence, the Art of Deep Listening, and Transcending the Self. This inspirational guide offers a wealth of music-based exercises to enhance daily meditation and creativity.

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Retirement 101: From 401(k) Plans and Social Security Benefits to Asset Management and Medical Insurance, Your Complete Guide to Preparing for the Future You Want by Michele Cagan, narrated by Kitty Hendrix

How much do I need to retire? Can I retire early? What’s the retirement age, anyway? No matter whether you are 25, 65, or any age in between, you probably have questions about retirement and knowing the answers is the key to planning your future. Whether you want to retire as soon as possible or are looking forward to continuing to work in some form for as long as you can, Retirement 101 guides you through each step as you approach this important milestone.

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Money Is Everything: Personal Finance for the Brave New Economy by Amanda Reaume, narrated by Liisa Ivary

Personal finance is not taught in school — and the process of learning how to manage your own finances can be fraught with painful missteps. In Money Is Everything, Amanda Reaume, the author behind Millennial Personal Finance and host of the Millennial Personal Finance podcast, helps walk you through everything you need to learn to manage your money, including the best ways to make it, spend it, borrow it, and save it.

Specifically written by and for Millennials, Money Is Everything will help you get the internships and jobs you want, understand and implement a financial plan (a.k.a. a budget), create a steady flow of side income, learn how to save money on small and big purchases (and get some free stuff), take control of your credit score, turn the tables on banks and borrowers, and become debt-free. Learn from personal finance experts — not the hard way!

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Financially Forward: How to Use Today’s Digital Tools to Earn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter by Alexa Von Tobel, narrated by Alexa Von Tobel

Technology has made virtually every aspect of our lives cheaper and more convenient. Shouldn’t it do the same when it comes to managing our finances?

Alexa Von Tobel says that it can. In this straightforward and jargon-free guide, she shows us how to use the simple tools found on any smartphone to put more money back into our wallets. Readers will learn:

1. Six new trends that are impacting our finances — and how to optimize them

2. How to navigate the world of mobile pay, and cash in by going cash-free

3. How to save time and money by putting your savings — and spending — on autopilot

4. Best practices for keeping your identity and financial accounts ultra-secure

5. How to talk to digital natives — i.e. your kids — about financial planning

6. What the Bitcoin hype is all about and how to prepare for the future of digital money

Preparing ourselves for the financial future gives us the security and freedom to live our richest lives. It’s time to move Financially Forward…or get left behind.

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Audiobook.com’s Best Audiobooks of 2019

As 2019 wraps up, Audiobooks.com looks back at a wonderful year of exciting releases. From sensational debuts that have launched the careers of budding writers to veterans who have returned with triumphant follow-ups, 2019 in books has captured the love, heartbreak, frustration, and hope that has swept the world. Here are Audiobook.com’s best books of 2019 and staff favorites.


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Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, narrated by Euan Morton

Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an elegy for what time erases and a love song to all that persists, yearning, into the unknowable future.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, narrated by Imogen Church

A simple nannying job that Rowan Caine takes up turns into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and her in prison awaiting trial for murder.

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Eve of Man by Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher, narrated by Josh Dylan and Charlotte Ritchie

As the only girl born in fifty years, Eve is sheltered away until she is ready to meet the world. Then, she meets Bram, and everything changes.

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, narrated by Stig Wemyss

A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be.

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Normal People by Sally Rooney, narrated by Aoife Mcmahon

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation, something life-changing begins.

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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John, narrated by Elton John and Taron Egerton

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle to becoming a living legend.

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Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! by Chelsea Handler, narrated by Chelsea Handler

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

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The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, narrated by Hillary Huber

The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show in T. Kingfisher’s latest listen. When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings.

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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow, narrated by Ronan Farrow

In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

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Recursion by Blake Crouch, narrated by Abby Craden and Jon Lindstrom

At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But, as Detective Barry Sutton and neuroscientist Helena Smith will discover, what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, narrated by Tom Hanks

From the bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto comes a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

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Dark Age by Pierce Brown, narrated by a full cast

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo.

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Which Audiobook Would Each ‘Friends’ Character Be?

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It’s been 25 years since Friends first premiered (feeling old yet?) and the nostalgia is real. It seems like everyone and their dogs are reminiscing and the show’s rebirth in the realm of Netflix has only fueled its growing popularity. For the ardent fans who have already memorized every single line, Saul Austerlitz’s Generation Friends reveals tidbits that will surprise even the most knowledgeable followers.

For those who want to take a slightly different approach in honoring the show’s quarter-century, we at Audiobooks.com—as audiobook lovers and, more importantly, Friends lovers—brought the two beloved worlds together in a different way. We set out to imagine which audiobook each character would be if we could capture their big personalities in a singular piece of writing. Some were obvious while others took a bit of digging.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane with our favorite gang and discover some darn good audiobooks along the way.

Monica Geller

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker, narrated by Bernadette Dunne

It’s tempting to default to either cookbooks or cleaning guides for Monica, but that feels a little like cheating since it’s too easy. And, besides, I feel like it’s doing her a disservice to reduce the essence of her character to just cleaning and cooking (even though much of her time revolves around both of those things). So, while I really really want Monica to have a Marie Kondo moment a la The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up so the secret closet can finally be decluttered, I think The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker is much more fitting because Monica is all about connecting with the people around her.

From making holiday treats for her neighbors to entertaining the gang at Thanksgiving, Monica always goes above and beyond as a host. The Art of Gathering is full of wisdom on making your gatherings (family or otherwise) more personally meaningful for everybody. If Monica excels at anything, it’s her ability to create a welcoming space for everyone.

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Chandler Bing

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper, narrated by Simon Vance

If anyone were to accidentally get caught up in an elaborate lie at work, it would be Chandler (aka Toby), who has already lied on numerous occasions to get out of awkward situations. Much like Chandler, How Not to Die Alone’s leading man Andrew has also gotten himself into a similar predicament, only he’s invented an entire fictional family that his coworkers believe he returns home to every night. Both men are estranged from their families and are resigned to dying alone whilst also grappling with a desire for companionship. So much of Chandler’s fears and anxieties stem from his difficult childhood, and a large part of it informs his sarcastic pessimism. It’s not until he’s with Monica that he begins to confront his fears of commitment and being a parent. Both Chandler and Andrew just needed the right person to come along to push themselves out of the rut. Much like Chandler’s life, How Not to Die Alone is infused with equal parts humor and gloom so that you can’t help but love and root for the characters.

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Rachel Green

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

I think we can all agree that Rachel Green is literal #GlowUpGoals. Yes, she came from wealth, but she’s also a self-made woman who never used her family connections or money to pursue the career she wanted. Her courage to strike out on her own, breaking off from the cushy lifestyles her parents and would-be husband could have given her, shows she’s not afraid to embrace vulnerability. That’s why Rachel is the very embodiment of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. Brown explains that opening ourselves up to vulnerability can bring fear and disappointment, but also joy, belonging, and add greater meaning to our lives. Rachel’s initial leap of faith definitely paid off as we watched her grow from an inexperienced, spoiled 20-something to a successful career woman and loving mother while looking absolutely bangin’. I don’t know about you, but I’m hella proud of my girl.

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Joey Tribbiani

Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine, narrated by Ed LevineBill Oakley

I’m utterly convinced that if Joey Tribbiani had been in his 20s in the content-saturated world we live in now, he absolutely would’ve ran a food blog on the side probably with occasional serious contributions from Monica. His passion for food is markedly different from Monica’s, who is more precise and theoretical, and primarily enjoys creating culinary magic for the benefit of others. Joey’s love for food, on the other hand, is deeply personal and stems largely from the joy he finds in the simple act of eating—something that’s shared by the entire Tribbiani family. If he ever gave up on acting, he’d likely find serious traction in a food blog, or even a YouTube channel of himself vlogging his food adventures (I’m only here for quality content, like watching a man eat six meals and a birthday cake).

Who better to serve as an inspiration for Joey than Ed Levine, who built a website for people who took everything edible seriously, but themselves not so much. In Serious Eater, Levine talks about the road he took to make his beloved website a reality and all the ups and downs he had to endure to keep it afloat. There’s more than a little bit of Ed Levine reflected in Joey, whose love for acting endured through countless failed auditions and years of struggles. Whether their love lies with food or acting (or both), both Joey and Levine are devoted dreamers who work hard to pursue their passions.

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Phoebe Buffay

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron

In a strange turn of events, Phoebe Buffay and Eleanor Oliphant may have already met. If rumors prevail and Reese Witherspoon, who had guest-starred on Friends as Rachel’s sister Jill Green, is cast as the titular character in the big-screen adaptation of Eleanor Oliphant, then the connection between Phoebe and Eleanor may be closer than we think.

So much of Phoebe’s story mirrors that of Eleanor’s. Both endured difficult childhoods and are marked by their painful pasts. Both are social misfits, albeit in distinctly different ways. But by far the most striking and poignant similarity is their desire—unrecognized, to some degree—for belonging. While Phoebe and Eleanor are content with solitude—the former due to the fierce independence she gained from living on the street, the latter having settled into a comfortable and lonely routine—both women begin to grow and change for the better as they find their tribes. That’s why Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a perfect encapsulation of the seriousness, warmth, sadness, and hilarity of Phoebe’s own life.

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Ross Geller

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick

This one’s a no-brainer, especially considering Ross claims the idea for Jurassic Park was stolen from him. During that lecture on the blackboard where Ross outlined his original conception of Jurassic Park, he wrote: “Dr. Geller envisions using DNA from mosquitoes to clone T-Rex.” Let’s be honest, if given the resources and technology, Ross would totally go full John Hammond and create an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs. Although, whereas Hammond was really only interested in making a profit, Ross’ intentions would be much more benign since he is genuinely invested in the care and research of dinosaurs. And, who knows, as arguably the most responsible and mature one of the group, his version of Jurassic Park might just succeed (not to mention his sense of Unagi would warn him of any impending danger).

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4 Most Anticipated Book-to-Film Adaptations at the Toronto International Film Festival

For eleven days every year, Toronto transforms into a bustling hub for film lovers and celebrity watchers who crowd into the city for the Toronto International Film Festival. As one of the largest and most prestigious film events in the world, the festival attracts nearly half a million visitors and screens hundreds of films across a number of venues.

For book lovers who also love films, the lineup this year is especially exciting with a number of heavy-hitting book adaptations making their debuts at the festival. So, brush up on your listening, because TIFF 2019 is sure to be a treat for the eyes and the ears!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu

The Goldfinch audiobook by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu

Based on Donna Tartt’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the adaptation starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, and Jeffrey Wright tells the story of a teenage boy named Theo Decker (Elgort) whose life is changed after surviving a bombing at a museum that killed his mother. It is helmed by John Crowley, the director of Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn, who certainly has ample experience with dramatic epics that span years. The Goldfinch will open on September 8 at Roy Thomson Hall and the Elgin Theatre.

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, narrated by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy audiobook by Bryan Stevenson.

Michael J. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson star in this powerful true story based on Bryan Stevenson’s memoir of the same name. Jordan stars as Bryan Stevenson—a lawyer, social justice activist, and Harvard Law School graduate—who moved to Alabama and founded the Equal Justice Initiative to defend inmates on death row who were wrongly convicted. Just Mercy opens September 6 at Roy Thomson Hall and the Elgin Theatre.

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Testimony (Film Adaptation: Once Were Brothers) by Robbie Robertson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews

The Toronto International Film Festival is kicking off its 2019 festival with a Canadian documentary by filmmaker Daniel Roher titled Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. The film draws from Robbie Robertson’s 2016 memoir, Testimony, and follow Robertson’s early life, his time with The Band, through to their final concert in 1976. Once Were Brothers will be launching the festival September 5 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Caging Skies (Film Adaptation: Jojo Rabbit) by Christine Leunens, narrated by Steven Jay Cohen

If someone somewhere in an offshore, far-flung strange world has ever wanted Taika Waititi to play Adolf Hitler, their wish is about to be granted. Jojo Rabbit, a black comedy adapted from Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, tells the story of a young Hitler Youth named Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) who discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi who directed the movie also stars as Jojo’s imaginary friend, a jovial and boisterous version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo Rabbit premiers September 8 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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